Life in a city under lockdown as Shanghai's covid cases hit new peak

Reuters
Shanghai, China Updated: Apr 14, 2022, 07:34 PM(IST)

Workers and volunteers look on in a compound where residents are tested for the Covid-19 coronavirus during the second stage of a pandemic lockdown in Jing' an district in Shanghai. Photograph:( AFP )

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On Thursday, Shanghai reported a record 2,573 symptomatic cases for the previous day, up from 1,189 a day earlier, while asymptomatic cases reached 25,146, up from 25,141

Long lines of COVID-19 tests, empty streets and closed storefronts: a now familiar sight in Shanghai as the financial hub reported over 27,000 coronavirus cases on Thursday (April 14).

Shanghai is battling China's worst covid outbreak since the virus first emerged in Wuhan in late 2019, with the city's 25 million residents remaining largely under lockdown, though restrictions were partially eased in some areas this week. However, while some people were allowed out on Tuesday (April 12), there was still confusion about how freely they could move, with many awaiting permission from their residential committees.

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On Thursday, Shanghai reported a record 2,573 symptomatic cases for the previous day, up from 1,189 a day earlier, while asymptomatic cases reached 25,146, up from 25,141.

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A city official said that cases continued to rise despite the lockdown in part because of a backlog of test results and because of ongoing transmission among family members.

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